The following does not lie within the context of my normal subject matter. But I just couldn't help myself, and besides, it's my blog.
I live in an area where people think Obama is going to destroy life as we know it. They call him the antichrist, compare him to a Nazi, and accuse him of being a racist. They also question his patriotism because once he didn't wear a little flag on his lapel. O, and according to some, he's not even a real citizen.
All of which is ridiculous. And since I'm a clergy guy, I'll go ahead and say it's wrong and immoral to say such outlandish and insulting things about the President. Criticize, okay. But not this dishonest alarmist crap.
The thing is, I have had to change my mind about Obama. I was skeptical of his ability to be President. But he has shown himself to be reasonable, wise, and often shrewd (although I think he wasted too much political capital on the bid to bring the Olympics to Chicago).
But I like the guy. I've seen enough to be encouraged. And he has my support. He had it even when I was skeptical of him.
But I have a problem with the committee that selected him for the Nobel Peace Prize based on what he might accomplish in the future. Awards are for what a person has already done. Not on what we hope he is going to do.
The Nobel Committee has done him a disservice and made themselves look foolish. They've made this prize a political statement rather than a reward for outstanding deeds. I've not thought much about them before, but now I've considered them enough to not trust them.
If I were Obama, I would find this embarrassing and perhaps a little alarming.
In my own miniscule role as a clergy guy within my culture, I have learned that when I go to a new church, the people who praise me too quickly are the ones I cannot trust. When I do not do what they want (and that always occurs), they become my biggest detractors. Dishonest, manipulative detractors.
Obama needs to look over the Nobel Committee carefully. He doesn't need that kind of "support." I predict they will be his most vocal critics before he is out of office. They'll also prove to be his pettiest and most dishonest critics.